One of the most beneficial things you can plant in your garden is perennial vegetables, fruits and herbs. Edible perennials are a plant once and harvest food for years kind of plant. Which makes them beneficial as a food source and for saving money.
Annual vs Perennial
A perennial is a plant you plant once and it comes back every year. Common examples are blueberries, asparagus and mint. An annual is a seasonal plant you replant every year if you wish. Examples of annuals are cucumbers, marigolds and lettuce.
Vegetable Garden Perennials
What vegetables are perennials? What vegetables can you plant once and harvest for years to come? Asparagus is a great vegetable and garden perennial to plant given the cost per pound it currently sells for. Checkout the list below for other edible perennials you can plant in your garden.
- Globe Artichokes
Perennial Leafy Greens
Perennial Root Vegetables
- Walking Onions
Perennial Culinary Herbs
Perennial Medicinal Herbs
- Elderberry & Elderflower
- Other perennial herbs
Edible Perennial Garden
If you are wanting to plant a low maintenance garden and spend less on seeds, seedlings and supplies a perennial vegetable garden is the way to go. You plant once and harvest vegetables, fruits and herbs for years to come.
Planting a Perennial Garden
There is no “rule” for planting your perennial garden. You can mix up your annuals and perennials as poly-crops or companion plants. However, you will want to plant your perennials in a forever spot as they will come back year after year if properly cared for.
Mint and some other herbs will spread continuously so keeping them in a container garden is advised.
Plant with your needs in mind. Grow vertical if your space is small.
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